Q&A with Curtis Justus

Perry, OK tight end Curtis Justus was identified very early by UM coaches. In fact, he was one of the first players they offered all last year. Justus has all the tools to become a big time player at the next level. Athletically, he's outstanding and showed off his skills on defense as well. Offensively, he was used primarily as a wide receiver because he caught so many balls.

He's like Jeremy Shockey in many ways and I think they're very comparable because of their pass catching skills and size/speed combination. Justus actually has 2 full inches on Shockey. I truly believe Justus has the type of talent to eventually make the type of impact that Shockey made. The only difference will be that Shockey spent his first two college years at a Junior College, while Justus will spend them at UM.

HOW IS REBAB GOING: It's going pretty good. I just started running in water. I'll do that for a few weeks so the transition will be easier. I'm probably about 60-percent right now. I'd like to be [100-percent] in about a month from now.

TALK ABOUT YOUR WEIGHT: I'm right around 215 now because I gained some back. I was down around 195 there for a little bit, but I gained it back. Hopefully I'll be around 225 [when I get to Miami].

ARE YOU GOING TO PLAY ANY OTHER SPORTS: No, I'm pretty much done this year because I want to focus on rehabbing my leg. I'm just going to lift and rehab. I've played basketball since youth league.

WHAT JERSEY NUMBER DO YOU HOPE TO WEAR: I'd like to get number 80.



WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS AS A TRUE FRESHMAN: I'll probably redshirt my first year. I've talked about it with the coaches and it's probably the best situation for me. I'll be able to learn the system and put on some weight. (editor's note: Justus has the body type to put on another 30-40 pounds to his 215 frame now. Afterall, Jeremy Shockey put on 20 pounds in just over a year at UM and Justus has more room to fill out)

WHEN DID YOU FIRST START PLAYING FOOTBALL: I was probably 8 or 9 at the time. I've played pretty much all my life.

WHAT MADE UM DIFFERENT THAN THE REST OF THE SCHOOLS THAT RECRUITED YOU: I liked the way they use their tight end. He's the complete package, as a blocker and a catcher. He's not just another tackle at Miami. Plus I liked the school academically and I loved the coaches and players when I went on my visit there. It all seemed like the right situation for me.


TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE UM PROGRAM: I think we'll keep improving because we keep getting good players. I heard this maybe the best recruiting class Miami's ever had. I think they'll keep bringing in good players and I think we will be able to win a couple more national championships.

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